The Powers Catholic Chargers came into Tuesday’s contest vs Class C powerhouse Detroit Edison. DEPSA has been in the Class C final four the past two seasons and in 2018 they won the state title. This year’s DEPSA team returns a host of Talent from the final four team that lost last season to Iron Mountain in the final four.
The Chargers were without Junior Forward Owen Lobsinger and the Chargers were up for the challenge. Powers Catholic started out hot early and jumped to a 9-4 lead early in the first quarter. Luke Phillpotts had a three point play early on and Gabriel Avery hit a pull up jump shot for the Chargers. The Chargers would build a lead as large as 7 after Erick Coffey 8 points in the second quarter, a Coffey Layup would give the Chargers that advantage. Edison came back by attacking the offensive glass and the scored was tied 30-30 to end the 1st half.
In the second half the Chargers third quarter woes hurt them again reminiscent of Linden. The Chargers started off the quarter being outscored 13-2 within 2 minutes of the third quarter. Turnovers and quick shots put the Chargers at bay to Detroit Edison’s transition game. Edison outscored the Chargers 18-6 in transition on the night. The Chargers would trail 51-40 after giving up 21 points in the third quarter. In the final stanza Edison’s patience and ability to get good shots and minimize turnovers proved to be the differnce. Powers Catholic couldn’t get multiple baskets in a row in the final period. Final score 60-47 DEPSA over Powers Catholic.
The Chargers were outscored 36-22 in the paint and gave up 12 offensive rebounds in the game. Erick Coffey led the Chargers in scoring getting 17 points. Luke Phillpotts had 11 points. No Charger had over 5 rebounds in the game (Baylis 5). The Chargers return to work Friday at home vs Dewitt at 7:00 PM.